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by Wayfarer
Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 42
Views: 597

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

I will add, one of the things I understand about 'self-power' is that really one cannot practice with any idea of gaining something - whether that be liberation, insight or anything else. This is very much the teaching of Suzuki-roshi, Zen Mind Beginner's Mind, which is the first real Buddhist book ...
by Wayfarer
Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 42
Views: 597

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

Hi everyone - I have not been participating here for some time, but this thread has drawn my attention. Since May this year I have been attending a Sunday service at Hongwanji Buddhist Mission which is Jodo Shinsu. I have read a little of the texts, including a primer on Shin from John Paraskevopoul...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 5651

Re: For the science and religion crowd

If I understand, you are starting from the assumption that new knowledge=good, and then making a case for a particular form of new knowledge. What I hope I am commenting on, really ought to be understood under the umbrella of 'science and religion'. It's laid out pretty well in the essay that's ref...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 5651

Re: For the science and religion crowd

I do like your posts and I'm sure this will not be the last of our engagement. Very kind of you to say so! I'm a bit of a monomaniac on this topic, as my many adversaries on philosophyforum never tire of telling me. Glad you get the gist. But at risk of rambling yet again, my beef is not with scien...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Precious Human Birth
Replies: 15
Views: 923

Re: Precious Human Birth

Once, I was looking around for something in a supermarket, and I suddenly realised how beautifully everything was arranged and presented. I suppose a modern supermarket is probably environmentally extravagant, and everything, but the feeling at that moment was, how carefully-prepared everything was,...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Precious Human Birth
Replies: 15
Views: 923

Re: Precious Human Birth

I learned a lot about that, or rather, a sense of gratitude was triggered by reading David Brazier's books on Pure Land. There is a sense in which the devotee's faith in Amitabha (Immeasurable Buddha) mirrors the Christian sense of faith. The last ten years or so also I have gotten into the habit of...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 5651

Re: For the science and religion crowd

I think I was trying to say that if science, philosophy and religious elites are as limited as I'm claiming, then we likely are too, it's the human condition, and thus the specific point being made in the article and our interpretation of it might be viewed with as much cheerful good natured skepti...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Mindfulness Conspiracy
Replies: 11
Views: 683

Re: The Mindfulness Conspiracy

I think this is a natural result of stripping mindfulness from its spiritual roots in a Capitalist context. For the reasons in Loy's article, I think Buddhism and mindfulness can actually be good models for activism, climate change or otherwise. :good: Excellent post! David Loy had a workshop in my...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 5651

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Well, fair enough, and hah hah. :smile: But really the essay raises a very specific point about a real turning point in culture. I've posted a link to the article on philosophy forum also, and the reaction there was by turns dismissive, incredulous, furious, and scornful. But hardly any of them were...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Mindfulness Conspiracy
Replies: 11
Views: 683

Re: The Mindfulness Conspiracy

From the article: anything that offers success in our unjust society without trying to change it is not revolutionary – it just helps people cope. In fact, it could also be making things worse. Instead of encouraging radical action, mindfulness says the causes of suffering are disproportionately ins...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Thoughts in Samatha Meditation
Replies: 14
Views: 679

Re: Thoughts in Samatha Meditation

Or the other side of that coin is that when I feel like I am successfully in the present moment I feel the need to stop meditating. The mind here is being led by desire ('this is good, I have succeeded') and aversion ('I'm distracted, this is not good'). That's OK, it's quite normal to feel those t...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Draught animals in the White Lotus Sutra
Replies: 12
Views: 599

Re: Draught animals in the White Lotus Sutra

In my opinion: 1. The cited source seems an extremely dodgy message-board - according to Wikipedia, 'Ylilauta is a Finnish imageboard. It was founded on February 20, 2011 to unite the two former most popular Finnish imageboards, Kotilauta and Lauta.net. Ylilauta is one of the most popular websites i...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eclectic Buddhism
Replies: 31
Views: 1117

Re: Eclectic Buddhism

Beautifully stated, and worthy of emulation.
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: True existence and substantial existence
Replies: 12
Views: 343

Re: True existence and substantial existence

Jnanavinaya wrote:Using google only to find a forum with people who studied and practiced madhyamaka enough to discuss it.
Google hasn't been around long enough ;-)
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: True existence and substantial existence
Replies: 12
Views: 343

Re: True existence and substantial existence

This is a deep philosophical conundrum. The fundamental problem is that the verb 'to exist' has a limited scope of applicability. Strictly speaking, only conditioned phenomena exist, but they have no intrinsic being . So they neither truly exist (=eternalism) nor do not exist (=nihilism). But this i...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Om Mani Padme Hum- learning sanskrit
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: Om Mani Padme Hum- learning sanskrit

Believe it or not, there are nowadays quite a few quality resources for this purpose popping on FaceBook. (Who would have thought? I tried to paste in a link to a 'Learn Sanskrit' on FaceBook, but I think you need to be logged into an account to do a search. But it's definitely worth having a look.)
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."
Replies: 26
Views: 850

Re: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."

While in reality the Green Hat Club had zero existence until this person made it up and they picked ancient people they liked as their supposed forebears in their imaginary lineage. Is it like that? I don't think it's simply made up in that manner. You're not allowing for the religious imagination,...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Chess
Replies: 23
Views: 757

Re: Chess

I play chess on my iPhone, set to a level where I can win, but not always, and not that easily. It's set to ELO 1600 if that means anything. It's a nice little app called ChessPro. Regrettably nobody in my social circle plays chess, otherwise I'd play real people from time to time.
by Wayfarer
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: So the Display of the Mind isn't Real?
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: So the Display of the Mind isn't Real?

So the Display of the Mind isn't real? . . Or something surmised out of Nothing . . Mod note: the problem with this thread is that this is a very advanced topic in Buddhist philosophy. Many of the Sanskrit texts that venture into such ideas as mind only are profound indeed, even if some of the expr...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Marxism and Buddhism
Replies: 53
Views: 1743

Re: Marxism and Buddhism

Whenever I read of H. H. support of Marxism, it is invariably connected with his concern for social equity and workers rights. I think he has a rather romantic view of it, however, and really doesn't show appreciation of the fundamentally materialist orientation of Marxism. Besides, Tibet has suffer...

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